A hardy band of athletes and officials trekked to Leigh for the final UKWAL match of the season, with squad members taking on unusual events to secure much needed points, on what turned out to be an extremely warm day. Shorn of many athletes, it can be seen from the results that it proved to be a tough afternoon, with the whole season and potential relegation still hanging in the balance until the result of the penultimate event of the day. In the end, the hard working team managed to edge ahead of Bedford to finish a creditable 7th. Mention must also be made of the support from the officials’ team of Sylvianne, Ian, Mike and Celine’s mum who had only come to watch but ended up as our Track Judge for the whole day which secured our first officials maximum pointer of the season!
It was an afternoon of surprises with Bea running the 100m B, and throwing SP B, and Emma the 400m B rumours that both will be seeking to switch events for 2018 have been strenuously denied but the ten points that they secured were invaluable! Thanks ladies.
There were some notable achievements during the afternoon, with Chelsea setting a pb in the 100m and Zoe doing similar in the TJ.
The middle distance pair of Bettina and Lucy both completed doubles in the 800/400 and 3000/1500 respectively which in the blazing heat was a tough ask, but a fantastic effort in support of the team. Rebecca doubled the 400 hurdles/100 hurdles and just missed out on victory in the latter, probably feeling the longer event in her legs … but a 400 Hurdler in 2018?? You know it makes sense Miss J! The throwing squad secured a mass of points with Celine, Debbie and Bea covering all four events between them. The HJ, though, was a scary event, with the bed moving every time an athlete landed on it. It affected all performances, but Janet still managed to get in a solid jump.
Overall the outcome was possibly better than we had feared as we drew up a team list in the restaurant the night before, and was entirely down to the spirit and determination of those that travelled. Many thanks for all of the work that you all put in to ensure that we stayed in Division One!
Looking ahead, the squad is more than capable of challenging for promotion in 2018, if everyone is available!